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Cascina Degli Ulivi Vino Bianco IVAG 2021 750ml

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2021 2020
100% Cortese. Stefano Bellotti consistently ran afoul of the Gavi DOCG rules by pursuing a very natural approach to the growing and making of his wine. As often as his Gavi vineyard wines were blocked from the official classification, he decided in the 2015 vintage to quit submitting them and renamed his wine "IVAG", Gavi spelled backwards, as an indication of his thoughts on the worth of the Gavi rules (which hew toward more conventional wines). IVAG comes from wild and beautiful vineyards, three different parcels which are farmed biodynamically, scattered about the rolling hills of Gavi on limestone-rich red clay soils. In the cellar, the fruit is wild-yeast-fermented with zero sulfur, aged for a year in old botti and bottled unfiltered in May after the vintage. IVAG's tendency toward a rich golden color and flavor, as well as its slightly cloudy appearance and earthy aromas, set it apart from the average Gavi.
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Cascina Degli Ulivi Vino Bianco IVAG 2021 750ml

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Varietal: Cortese

The Cortese white wine grape varietal has been cultivated for several hundred years in its native home of Piedmont, Italy. In particular, the southern part of this beautiful and mountainous region sees a large amount of Cortese grape production, as the grape grows most successfully in the warmer and drier parts of Piedmont, where the cold weather cannot adversely effect this delicate varietal by concentrating the natural acids within the fruit. Cortese grapes are renowned for their moderate acidity, and the fact that they produce delicate white wines of a medium body which are easy to drink, and beautifully aromatic. Most typically, they carry fresh and invigorating flavours of green fruits such as lime and greengage, meaning the wines made from Cortese are very crisp, and famously perfect for matching with seafood.

Region: Piedmont

The beautiful region of Piedmont in the north west of Italy is responsible for producing many of Europe's finest red wines. Famous appellations such as Barolo and Barbaresco are the envy of wine-makers all over the world, and attract plenty of tourism as a result of their traditional techniques and the stunning setting they lie in. The region has a similar summer climate to nearby French regions such as Bordeaux, but the rest of their year is considerably colder, and far drier as a result of the rain shadow cast by the Alps. The wineries which cover much of Piedmont have, over many generations, mastered how to make the most of the Nebbiolo, Dolcetto and Barbera grapes which thrive here, and nowadays are beginning to experimenting with many imported varietals to increase the region's range and meet international demand.

Country: Italy

It isn't difficult to understand why Italy is famed not just for the quality of its wines, but also for the vast variety and range of characteristics found in the wines there. The terrain of the country varies wildly, from the lush rolling green hills and valley of Tuscany, to the sun drenched rocky coasts of Sicily, the mountainous and alpine regions of the north, and the marshy lowlands of the east. Italy really does have a little bit of everything. Combine this huge range of landscapes with an almost perfect climate for grape cultivation, and you have a country seemingly designed for viticultural excellence. The results speak for themselves, and it is clear to see that wine has become an inseparable part of Italian culture as a result of its abundance and brilliance. Each village, city and region has a local wine perfectly matched with the cuisine of the area, and not an evening passes without the vast majority of Italian families raising a glass of locally sourced wine with pride and pleasure.